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Jul 12, 2019 21:06:06

When did your second life start?

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“We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.” - Confucius via @naval.

I had been listening to this awesome podcast by Joe Rogan. His guest this time was Naval Ravikant. As usual, Naval shares his trademark wisdom, and this line from Confucius really made an impression. 

It got me thinking. Had my second life started? Or am I still in the first? 

Realizing that we have only one life sounds almost trite. Everyone knows that, intellectually. But how deeply do we live it? Is it like "Oh yeah yeah, I know that", or does that realization punch you in the gut hard enough, that you live that wisdom everyday like your hair was on fire? Thinking back, it felt like there were a few milestones in life where it felt like the latter, where I was forced to confront my mortality soberly. Most recent one was just last year, and it was due to my health. A darker, more painful punch in the gut. Another one, was around 10 years ago when I stayed in a monastery, but that time it was lighter, more joyful kind of realization, the kind that you felt moved to tears, to act. 

So maybe it's not something where you go have a deep experience that kickstarts the second life and you're done. Often, the lessons didn't go deep enough the first time. It starts to fade over time, lose its power, and we start back-sliding. Many years later, the same lesson revisits in a slightly different form, and it punches you in the gut again. The graph goes high, slowly back down into a valley, and back up again. Or like a pendulum, from swinging wildly between two ends to slowly returning to a still and calm centre. 

My hope is that, as I age, the swings get less extreme. I hope that, with the recent low means I'm climbing back up again. 

Towards that second life.  

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    @jasonleow Naval is amazing! I have listened both of Joe Rogan(#1309) and Tim Ferriss(#136) over and over again for the past week.
    "Happiness comes out of peace." left such a deep impression on me that I write on my journal "I am peaceful." every morning.

    5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Jul 12, 2019 21:24:37
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      @5plus6 oh yeah i was listening to those 2 podcasts this week too. So many gems, I feel like I need to re-listen over and over to really understand

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jul 13, 2019 22:35:45
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      @jasonleow Would you read discussion about this podcast on Reddit?
      When I am listening alone, I agree to all what he says and take notes.
      But I find there are always disagreements on Reddit and their argument reminds me to think more.

      5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Jul 13, 2019 23:06:26
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      @5plus6 oooh interesting. Didn't know there's a reddit discussion...do you have the link? Would love to read it, and think more, like you said

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jul 13, 2019 23:39:38
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      @jasonleow There is a Joe Rogan Reddit group, so discussions of #1309 is https://amp.reddit.com/r/JoeRogan/comments/bwxfmg/joe_rogan_experience_1309_naval_ravikant/

      BTW, do you know where I can find transcript of #1309 except the automatic version of YouTube?

      5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Jul 13, 2019 23:53:00
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      @5plus6 thanks for the link! Checked it out... I must say, there's only a handful of good comments there. The usual unsubstantiated personal attacks, lame comments and toxic ego wanking is just off putting...

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jul 14, 2019 22:36:11
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      @jasonleow
      Thank you so much for pointing it out!! As a non native speaker, reading comments on Reddit is quite challenging, not for the grammar level, but for distinguishing whether it's good or not.
      I used to addict on Reddit, but I left for there are so many noise and I don't know how to filter them out.

      5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Jul 14, 2019 23:14:53
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      @5plus6 yeah there's too much noise to filter out to find the true gems. Tbh, hard to find any place online these days where it's not toxic

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jul 14, 2019 23:37:20
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